Neptune Press

Neptune Press, LLC is a small independent publisher with an emphasis on books for children (released under the imprint Neptune Press), traditional mysteries (released under the imprint Foul Play Press) and the Upton Charles-Dog Detective series (released under the imprint Upton Charles)

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Here are a few selections:

How could this possibly happen?

When a convicted murderer, Billy O’Brien, serving two consecutive life sentences, is suddenly released from a maximum security prison due to a clerical error, a massive man-hunt ensues.

Not only are the BPD and Massachusetts State Police trying to find the escaped convict — but so are the FBI and the CIA — and the Mob — each for entirely different reasons. Chris Callahan is a retired Boston homicide detective, who also happens to be O’Brien’s childhood friend… and the officer who put him behind bars.
The entire law enforcement community agrees on only one thing: 
Callahan is the only one who can bring him in…alive.

 “There’s Always Tomorrow is a riveting read of mystery and adventure, very much recommended reading” Midwest Book Review 

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Not very far from the big city is a very special farm.
It’s special because it grows special trees…Christmas trees!
The trees are able to stretch their graceful branches covered with needles and pine cones toward the sun as they grow taller and taller-
                            all but one.

The Loneliest Tree celebrates themes of continuity, enduring faith and vision, and surviving loss and rejection at a special holiday season of love and peace.” Midwest Book Review


Did the perfect company get away with the perfect crime?

They had the perfect business plan. The investors ponied up the millions they needed. The company was humming along on all cylinders. And then one day they disappeared. Along with all their research, files and computers ... and a vial of the deadly Ebola virus that no one knew they had.
Enter Stephen Blackman, a fifty-something burned-out lawyer working his first case as a private investigator. Hired to try and find the missing scientists, Blackman turns up a dead body instead. And when the FBI arrives on the scene Blackman can’t be sure if they’re good guys or bad. But he’s caught up in this high-stakes, high-risk and highly confusing case to find the missing scientists before someone releases the deadly virus on an unsuspecting world. Blackman bounces against the worlds of international espionage, national politics, and high technology in the first of a series featuring a different kind of private eye.

"Simply stated, "Hot Tea...Cold Case" by D. G. Stern is a riveting mystery/suspense story that will seize and hold the reader's total attention from beginning to end. Superbly crafted twists and turns, all leading to an unexpected and climatic conclusion, "Hot Tea...Cold Case" is very highly recommended for mystery fan personal reading lists and will prove to be a popular addition to community library Mystery/Suspense collections." Midwest Book Review

"An impressive debut from a talented new writer." ME Magazine

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Golf has never tasted as good! 
Recipes from America's Finest Clubs-The Southeast

"This is a collector's item and the perfect gift for any avid golfer." Golf Central Magazine

"Entertaining golf buddies for the holidays? This holiday season you can check out ‘Recipes from America’s Finest Clubs'."

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On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

"It is simple and easy to read and the illustrations remind you of beautiful water color beach images. I would recommend for all ages but is best for ages 5-18. 5 Stars!" KIDS FIRST!

"25 Days of Tropical Christmas takes all readers on a magical journey to distant shores to experience a different tradition of Christmas." Midwest Book Review


Spring in New York finds a group of seven friends struggling to reunite a year after college. There’s the beautiful, yet all-too-trusting Lana; David, the urbane womanizer; lost Aaron; Amanda, the ambitious opportunist; and Hunter, the troubled pariah. Telling their story is Will Harrison who, while trying to bring his friends together, begins to explore a future with his childhood sweetheart, Emily. Dingy subways, towering apartments, candlelit tables, white hospital rooms, and of course, Central Park, are just some of the destinations in this story of relationships – both strengthened and forgotten. 

There once was a boy
with a blanket quite rare
that his mother had told him
was made with great care.

"Specially created illustrations with strokes of crayon color offer a vibrant backdrop to this charming verse story for children ages 6-10."  Midwest Book Review

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  Auto racing is a dangerous sport.  Everyone knows that.

Sometimes people are even killed-usually drivers...So the death of driver, Charles William Tyler Ill wasn't totally unexpected, except that he was stabbed in the back-in bed-in his motor home-at the Citrus Grove Raceway. 

"D.G. captured every bit of the vintage world of racing world.  It's a vivid picture with believable personalities and great cars, and one "who dun it" that will keep you guessing to the very end."  Jeanette Veitenheimer Lime Rock Park Historic Festival Executive Administrator 

"You have a great understanding of the characters that have passion for the sport and the cars that they race. I enjoyed the book immensely. Great story." Stephen Page Founder, Chairman and CEO Vintage Racing League

"Stern's sense of dialog and breezy style as well as his occasional spot on observations of the vintage racing scene make for a tough book to put down," Vintage Sports Car

I'm Francis ... and I'm a mouse. Well, not an ordinary mouse ... I'm a firehouse mouse because I live in a firehouse.

Being a firefighting mouse can be exciting and very rewarding, especially when I help people.

"I believe this story will entertain young children and includes many pro-social and educational benefits. Many young readers may want to visit a fire station or learn even more about theseamazing heroes after reading this book." KIDS FIRST!

"(Francis-the Firehouse Mouse) is very informative but also extremely easy to understand for children which is very important. We are honored that you decided to write a book that has a message that’s near and dear to a lot of our hearts, fire safety."
Florida Fire Chiefs' Association
"We wish you the best of luck with Francis the Firehouse Mouse!"
City of Orlando Fire Department

There is almost nothing quite as magnificent as a sunrise, standing
on the seventeenth tee at the Indian Whisper Golf Course, on 
Little Loggerhead Island, off the coast of Savannah, Georgia. 

By noon tomorrow the vista will radically change when the 35th 
annual Concours d' Elegance at Loggerhead opens its doors to 
about six hundred of the world's most glorious and glamorous 
motor machines. But when a body is found in the trunk of a 
beautiful red Mercedes everything comes apart and there's 
Chaos at the Concours.

"Well-conceived and written. The Bentley Gang were in fine form. Many, many thanks for sharing your passion for all that is “collector cars” with me." Stephen J. L. Page,
Founder & CEO, Racing and Cars

"D. G. Stern masterfully shares with the reader the complicated inner workings of Ballard's thinking, revealing how he determined the motives for the murders and the evidence that led to a conclusion of what happened. It is obvious that Stern is a lover of vintage vehicles; he even has Ballard often residing in a vintage 1955 Airstream Flying Cloud travel trailer. Chaos at the Concours is fast-paced, exciting, and full of D. G. Stern’s red herrings.  If you like murder mysteries, you will appreciate Stern’s work."

"Stern's breezy and almost (but not quite) glib style is simply great fun and we recommend this one to any and all looking for a light novel with a motoring background to the story. It is assuredly a keeper." Vintage Sports Car

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Sophie the Skunk is a funny, heartwarming story for young children, which emphasizes the importance of children trying new experiences and of their parents allowing them to investigate different avenues without pressure.

Sophie the Skunk is written for all those who hope to give their children the opportunity to find for themselves their talents and to have confidence in themselves as they learn that trying is good and winning is not everything.

In our world of competition, Sophie the Skunk stands out as a hope for simplicity and growth.

"I believe young children will enjoy Sophie and relate to her struggles and obstacles as she searches to find her talent. The illustrations are wonderful.  Without any hesitation, I give this 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 3 to 8." KIDS FIRST!


The fact that Cosmo Costello, a well-known Central Florida mobster, is killed doesn’t send seismic waves through the law enforcement community except when it is discovered that a rather significant amount of cocaine is missing.

Full time automotive journalist and part time special deputy sheriff Thomas Ballard and his significant other, full time Orange County Florida Sheriff’s detective Olivia Nederfield get called into headquarters to identify Costello’s remains. The only apparent clue is a photograph dedicated to the deceased by an aspiring young stock car driver and a calendar with entries coinciding with car races in which he is racing, together with what appears to be payments of significant amounts of money.

The next race is at the iconic Daytona Speedway and Olivia and Thomas set off to try and connect the dots…find the killer and find the drugs in the fast paced world of automobile racing.

"Let's cut right to the chase, Stern's third Thomas Ballard novel, Panic in the Pits, is even better than his first two-and we loved the first two." Vintage Sports Car


Even Francis needs a vacation every once in a while. He decides to visit his brother, Freddie, who lives on a farm far from the bustling city.

There are many chores that have to be done each day-caring for the animals-working in the fields-picking vegetables for the market and planting new crops to harvest later in the season.

It is really different from fighting fires.

"This book teaches children about the world around them as well as some of the good values one should have and practice. It has great educational content, wonderful collages of real pictures of objects and designs, great vocabulary and stimulates family reading due to its high-level vocabulary." KIDS FIRST!


Neptune Press will be releasing these following titles over the next few months:


Francis is exhausted. He has been working extra shifts because many of his fellow firefighters have been out sick. The Chief tells Francis that he needs to take a few days off and relax.
Francis decides that he will go to the beach and visit his sister, Fiona, who works as a lifeguard. It has been a long time since he has walked along the sandy shore.
Fiona is delighted that her firefighting big brother is coming and she wants to share with him all the amazing things the oceans have to offer.


Technically, twins are two children born about the same time from the same mother.  Twins are more common than you’d think–about once in every ninety births.  Twins can be either fraternal or identical.  The former develop when two separate eggs are fertilized at about the same time.  Identical twins are produced as the result of a single fertilized egg splitting in two. Each half develops as a separate fetus, but with identical genes.

There are several additional twin anomalies: including so-called mirror image twins, who are identical, but in reverse. Ryan was the yang to Sean’s ying.  Even though they were identical, they were opposite.  Ryan was right-handed, but Sean was left-handed.  Ryan was an excellent student-not so with Sean.  They were, however, inextricably bound together which is not surprising. There was nothing one wouldn’t do for the other.

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 Many think that Formula One is the apogee of motor racing, 
although lot of NASCAR fans and drivers might disagree. The 
selection of the Cedar Grove Raceway as host track for this year's 
event was feather in the cap of car racing in Central Florida. 

When a member of the track owner's staff is found near the sweeping right hander at the end of the back straightaway, the racing community is shaken up because the cause of death was obviously the result of the bullet hole in his chest


                                                    AVAILABLE SPRING, 2021  
A vacation is supposed to be relaxing-sun, sand and gentle zephyrs stirring, not stories of lost  luggage, rental cars without air conditioning and long lines at the best restaurants.

That’s what I had intended, but as with all things, that is not what happened. It’s called the Stephen Blackman curse.
While walking along the pier one beautiful August morning, admiring the gorgeous yachts and beautiful people, sipping a delicious cup of iced tea from Annie’s CafĂ©, Kristen and I notice an older man sitting in the “fighting chair” of a 50 foot something offshore fishing boat-obviously dead.           

                                                    AVAILABLE DECEMBER, 2020 

                               Once you open the door to Anna Belle’s bakery, 
you know that you have entered some place very 

special. The smell of freshly baked bread; the taste of 
double chocolate chip cookies; the vision of colorfully 
decorated birthday cakes and the sound of… Wait! 
Pastry doesn’t have a sound.

After you meet Anna Belle, you also know you have met 
someone quite marvelous. She is creative, full of energy 
and probably the best detective in town.
Join Anna Belle and her feline assistant, Jocko, as they 
reveal the true identity of the culprit who has been 
robbing neighbors and end her light finger lifting of precious jewels in 
Fudge Fatale.



Neptune Press is pleased to announce that screenplay Ice Dancer, by D.G. Stern, has been endorsed by KIDS FIRST! In addition Ice Dancer was awarded an Honorable Mention for best screenplay at the Colorado Film Festival


Neptune Press is proud to announce that screenplay Mr. Mayor by D.G. Stern, was an official selection for the Portland Comedy Film Festival (2017 and 2018), an award  nominee at the Houston Comedy Film Festival and a semi finalist at the Filmmatic Comedy Screenplay Awards.

Neptune Press is proud to announce that screenplay Tall, Dark and Handsome by D.G. Stern, was an award nominee for the Austin Comedy Short Film Festival and is an award finalist for the Houston Comedy Film Festival.

Neptune Press is proud to announce that screenplay What Goes Around... by D.G. Stern, is an official selection of the Houston Comedy Film Festival.


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